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Little Sparta - the garden of Ian Hamilton Finlay


1 mile west of Dunsyre


ML11 8NG

United Kingdom

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Event description
Little Sparta is delighted to be reopening to visitors from Thursday 10th June 2021.

About this event

When visiting Little Sparta, you must book a ticket online before your visit.

  • Everyone must book a ticket, even babes in arms.
  • Bookings can be made for up to a maximum of 6 tickets in a single order.
  • You will receive a confirmation email.
  • Please have your tickets ready for scanning upon entry.
  • Last entry to the garden is at 3 pm. Once you're inside the garden, you can stay until 4 pm.
  • There is a free pre-recorded Head Gardener's audio tour of Little Sparta via the Candide Gardening app for smart phones. Please download this before leaving home; our very poor rural broadband connection cannot cope with downloads at the garden. Downloading via mobile data is not recommended.
  • Driving directions are here.

Visitor Information

The Garden's opening hours are 13:00 to 16:00 hrs.

Last entry to the Garden 15:00 hrs.

Please note that there is no catering or refreshments available at Little Sparta.

A toilet is available for use by visitors.

Sorry, dogs are not allowed.

Support Us - safeguard our future

As a charity (SC023222), we need your support more than ever before. By making a donation, your support can help us to conserve Little Sparta. Thank you!

We hope you enjoy your visit.

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"The garden is one of the few made post-1945 which must not be lost. It remains to me still the only really original garden made in this country since that date." - Sir Roy Strong

Set in the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh, Little Sparta is Ian Hamilton Finlay’s greatest work of art. Finlay's work is held in many of the world's major museums, and permanent poem-sculptures have been commissioned for sites ranging from the most private and intimate to the most public. Little Sparta remains, however, the origin of them all.

Imbued with a high idea content, the garden is created from the artistic fusion of poetic and sculptural elements with those of the natural landscape which is shaped and changed to become an inherent part of the concepts realised at Little Sparta.

While works of art are commonly viewed in galleries, public parks and streets, museums and private houses, it is perhaps a unique achievement to have created a garden which is itself a major artwork encompassing within it both horticultural elements and individual works in such materials as stone, wood and metal.

Finlay’s intentions are moral and philosophical as well as poetic. The themes dealt with in the garden are those which underlie the structures of society. The French Revolution, pre-Socratic views of the nature of the world. The Second World War, the sea and its fishing fleets are among the sources of metaphor and image which are realised in the garden’s art works which now number over 275.

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